Ted Harrison

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Ted Harrison
Born Edward Hardy Harrison
(1926-08-28) August 28, 1926 (age 88)
Wingate, County Durham, England
Nationality Canadian
Alma mater West Hartlepool School of Art
University of Durham
Known for Painting

Edward Hardy "Ted" Harrison, CM (born August 28, 1926) is a Canadian artist notable for his paintings of the Yukon.[1]

Life and work[edit]

Ted Harrison was born in Wingate, County Durham, England, in 1926.[1][2][3]

Harrison started to paint at the West Hartlepool School of Art in England. Although interrupted by war, Harrison went on to complete his studies, being awarded a National Diploma in Design from the College in 1949. His subsequent earning of a teaching certificate from the University of Durham led to a teaching career that lasted almost three decades.[4][5]

Then, from 1967, he resided in Yukon, Canada, a location with prominence in many of his works.[6] He stayed there until 1993. His work from this period focused on the colours and culture of the Yukon.[7]

He has worked, since the 1970s and thus in his post-academic capacity, not only as an artist but also as an illustrator and author. His work in the field earned him a national first: selection for the International Children’s Book Exhibition in Bologna, Italy.[4] One of his illustrations is of the Robert Service poem "The Cremation of Sam McGee".[8] He often assigns unfamiliar tone to depicted features.

In 1987 Harrison was made a Member of the Order of Canada for his contributions to Canadian culture. He also holds honorary doctorates from Athabasca University (1991), the University of Victoria (1998) and the University of Alberta (2005).[4] He was made a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts[9]

Harrison's wife, Nicky, died from Alzheimer's disease in 2000.[1][10] Harrison has since helped raise money for Alzheimer foundations.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Amos, Mike (August 31, 2006). "The Northern Echo: JOHN NORTH – Anything Yukon do". The Northern Echo. Retrieved 2007-03-02. 
  2. ^ "Yukon painter Ted Harrison celebrated in biography". CBC News. August 25, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Ted Harrison Gallery Serigraphs – biography". Retrieved 2007-03-02. 
  4. ^ a b c Boon, Sarah (April 20, 2005). "Ted Harrison to receive honorary degree". University of Alberta. Retrieved 2007-03-02. 
  5. ^ Blennerhassett, Patrick (February 10, 2006). "Ted Harrison talks politics and religion". Victoria News. Retrieved 2007-03-02. 
  6. ^ Kennedy, Janice (June 13, 1992). "Artist celebrates Canada's birthday". The Record. Retrieved 2007-03-02. 
  7. ^ Purdy, Lucy (September 19, 2004). "Unique Colours of Music show presents". The Barrie Advance. Retrieved 2007-03-02. 
  8. ^ Adilman, Sid (October 19, 1986). "Sam McGee and a Gambling Grandma". The Toronto Star. Retrieved 2007-03-02. 
  9. ^ "Members since 1880". Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
  10. ^ a b McNeely, Sean (March 18, 2000). "An Alzheimer spouse travels a lonely road – Caring for a stricken partner exacts an enormous toll". The Toronto Star. Retrieved 2007-03-02. 

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